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Readers Say the Darndest Things: Restaurants and Bars 

Best Ambience at a Restaurant
Golden Lotus
Dude- every time I'm in there instrumental ABBA is playing and it's kind of the best thing ever. — MJLawless

Candle light and quiet so you can hear what you date is saying — carole steinbrink

Best Bar
Merchants
it's also the best place to watch drunk people try pole dancing. — Wonder Dave

Best Chef
james shyabout
F#@$! michelin for not awarding him a second star. He and his staff totally deserve it. — beastoid!

Melinda Vaca
She's the creator of the oxtail sando at Make Westing. Need I say more. — gk

Whomever's cookin over there at the Sugarplum Cafe
Amirite? — Daniel Pugh

Best Cocktails
Bar 355
The housemade tonic surpasses anything ever. I wish they bottled it so I could continue my binge drinking at home! — zooey66

Plum Bar
the carrot and the mule, my lord — Miranda Everitt

Best Food at a Bar
Honor bar
Fried chicken and maple biscuits. Why are you reading this? You should be there already? — Anita Coulter

Plum Bar
Smoked French fires, what!!?? — Theresa Kelly

Tots at Eli's Mile High Club
It is the only thing without freezer burn too — John Murphy

Best Fusion
Champa Garden (Loa/Asian Fusion)
First Rule of Champa Garden is: You do not talk about Champa Garden! I yell at my friends for posting pictures on instagram! I shouldn't even be voting for it. — David Segretto

Sasa
If I hadn't been on a date I would have licked the dish clean that our green tea creme brulee was served in. — Ali Neuenschwander

Best Ice Cream
Ici
There's always a line. It's always worth it. — Anita Coulter

IScream Ice cream.
Stupid name, but the light, creamy flavors have won me over. — Suzanne Forbes

Best Mexican or Central American Restaurant
Flacos Tacos
SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR have you *tried* their taquitos?! HAVE YOU?! And the dipping sauce; Wakka Flaco Flame, baby. Just thinking about this place, I, uh, have to go change my unmentionables...brb. — MJLawless

Best New Restaurant
Miss Ollie's
Hi, Sarah, ya badass! I LOVE YOUR OXTAILS!! — Melissa Romero

Best Pizza
Gather
Who would have thought a vegan pizza would rock my world so hard? — zoeey66

Jupiter
I have dreams about the Circe pizza. — Ali Neuenschwander

Best Sandwiches
(Single) Bake Sale Betty Fried Chicken (Plural) Ike's
Bake Sale Betty's Fried Chicken is my favorite sandwich, but you said Sandwiches, so Ike's hot sandwiches are the bomb! What Philly would call Grinders, where their cold Hoagies are just as good! — David Segretto

Ike's Place
cuz they're dirty sauce is so true to name. — Josh Gillespie

Best Southern/Soul Food
Souley Vegan
the best!!! Oh my god its so good — Chris Voss

Lines out the door, while the hamburger joint next door is empty. Only in Oakland! — Tom Holub

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